Updated: SEPTEMBER 2, 2020
Brat is a term for the BDSM role of a submissive or bottom who maintains a defiant, misbehaving demeanor toward their dominant through words and actions. A brat will talk back, act out and be obstinate to achieve the goal of being disciplined by their top—and then achieve gratification by eventually acquiescing to their dominant’s desires.
A brat’s dominant is sometimes referred to as a brat-tamer. By being mischievous or disobedient, a brat is trying to seek attention and punishment from the dominant partner to fulfill this particular desire and fantasy.
Disobedience can take the form of saucy or snarky reactions, shouting orders, trying to top from the bottom or being physically evasive. In many other respects, the brat role is still a submissive in the traditional sense and the attitude displayed is typically light-hearted and cheeky, not mean or cruel. That, however, can depend on the dynamics of the relationship between the dominant and submissive.
Any person, regardless of gender or sexuality can be a brat and any relationship configuration can feature brat roleplay despite the fact the identity is most frequently associated with women in relationships with male dominants. Taking the brat role complements dominants who are sadists and owners.